"Lilliputia," an exhibition of 12 photographs by UNC Asheville senior Brandon Phillips, will be on view in UNC Asheville's Highsmith University Union Gallery from October 29 – November 9. Phillips' exhibit explores the nature of the human image by presenting a doll as "human." The show is a culmination of Phillips' work toward a bachelor's degree at UNC Asheville. There is an opening reception at 6 p.m. on October 29. The event is free and open to the public.
Karen Sotiropoulos, internationally known historian, will speak on, "Hokum: A History of Black Popular Culture," at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1, in UNC Asheville's Highsmith University Union, room 222. The event is free and open to the public.
Sheila Jordan, who has been singing for 75 years and is still winning awards, will bring her unique jazz vocal stylings to UNC Asheville for an 8 p.m. performance on Friday, Nov. 5 in Lipinsky Auditorium. She will also lead master classes open to musicians and listeners.
UNC Asheville's Blowers Gallery will exhibit 10 mixed media works by Robbie Lipe during the month of November. An opening reception will be held from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, in the Blowers Gallery on the main floor of the Ramsey Library at UNC Asheville. The show, "Archaea: Secret Life in Yellowstone & Beyond," examines single-celled organism groups called archaea, which were among some of the earliest life forms on Earth and still exist today. Archaea can thrive in extreme habitats, such as the hot springs located in Yellowstone National Park, where they were first discovered.
UNC Asheville's Craft Studies Initiative will continue its "Meet the Maker: Conversations of Meaning with Craftspeople" lecture series with a special talk by acclaimed ceramicist Arnie Zimmerman. He will discuss his work at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, in UNC Asheville's Owen Hall, room 302. The New York-based sculptor is considered one of the most significant contemporary artists working in ceramics today. The event is free and open to the public.
Theatre UNCA continues its series of Tennessee Williams' one-act plays with "27 Wagons Full of Cotton," "Auto Da Fe" and "This Property is Condemned" from October 21-23. These performances are the second of a series of Williams' one-act plays to be staged throughout the fall semester. Performances will take place at UNC Asheville’s Carol Belk Theater. Curtain is 8 p.m. Watch a brief trailer about the shows on You Tube.
UNC Asheville's Music Department will continue its fall concert season with eight performances in October and November, including a special program of holiday music. The concerts, which will be held on campus, feature student and guest musicians. Admission for each concert is $5 at the door, and free for students with ID.
UNC Asheville's 2010-2011 Writers at Home series continues with readings by local authors Justin Bigos and Lucy Tobin at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, at Malaprop's Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., downtown Asheville. The event is free and open to the public. Both Bigos and Tobin are instructors for the Great Smokies Writing Program.
The first professional company in the world dedicated to the tradition of stepping, Step Afrika! will bring it’s high-energy percussive dancing to UNC Asheville. Originating from the song-and-dance tradition created by African American college students, stepping uses the body to create sound and rhythm through hand clapping, foot stomping and spoken word. The UNC step team Nue Noiz will open for Step Afrika! Curtain is 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, in UNC Asheville's Lipinsky Auditorium.
The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center and UNC Asheville are pleased to present Re-Viewing Black Mountain College2, an international conference that explores the history and rich legacy of the innovative Black Mountain College. The October 8-10 conference includes includes more than 45 panels, performance, poetry and film. Internationally known sculptor Kenneth Snelson will give the keynote address.